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Seann Walsh looks forward to messing around with Hornchurch audience

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 10 March 2017

Seann Walsh. Pic: Andy Hollingworth

Seann Walsh. Pic: Andy Hollingworth

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For most people turning 30 is a daunting prospect as we are forced to finally grow up, in theory, and start taking adult life more seriously.

While the majority of us spend our 20s moaning about life to anyone that will listen, comedian Seann Walsh has been making a career out of it.

Seann, a mainstay of the national circuit for nearly ten years, is one of Britain’s most popular young comics and has played the archetype immature 20-something-year-old for most of his career.

With shaggy hair and unkept appearance Seann has cast his observational eye over the highs and lows of this period in our lives and is known for finding out for himself the sacrifices that come with growing up.

“My last show was called ‘28’. It was about me moving in with my girlfriend and how that changed me. This is a continuation of that idea and shows how things have moved on.

“You have to calm down when you’re 30. You can’t behave as you did in your 20s. You give up on nightly socialising and sign a contract that says, ‘for this part of my life, all I’m going to do is watch box sets’.”

Seann’s shows are often based around the every day frustrations of life and believes there is always more humour to be found in hardship and struggle than happiness and success.

“Moaning works really well in comedy,” said Seann. “Stand-up is a true representation of life. So do you really want to listen to someone telling you what a wonderful time they’ve had?

“No, you have no interest in that. If someone is saying, ‘I’ve had a lovely day. I went jogging, then went to the gym and I’ve only eaten vegetables and no carbs,’ you’re just bored.

“But if someone tells you they have broken their leg, lost their job and split with their partner, you put the kettle on. Moaning is so effective because people only want to hear about other people’s pain.”

Seann’s latest show One For The Road comes to Queen’s Theatre, in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, on March 19, and audiences can expect a very interactive and of the cuff performance from the 31-year-old Lewisham boy.

“I love coming off the script. I try to do the show for as long as possible without going into my own material. As long as the audience are up for it, I won’t start my routine.

“I’m very reactionary. If someone joins in, I just go with it. I’m absolutely open to anything. It’s great fun.”

“At the beginning of the show I’ll ask the audience to write down what really annoys them. Then at the end, I’ll randomly read them out. They listen to me for an hour, and then I get to listen to them.

“After the scripted show, I’ll get to mess around. That will be a lot of fun.”

To book tickets, which cost £14, go to queens-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/show/seann-walsh-one-road/

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